Q: How did your family and culture influence who you are today?
My Dine’ heritage highlights the utmost importance of family and community values. This has motivated me to pursue further education, with the goal of making a more meaningful contribution to tribal communities, while also providing a strong framework for nurturing enduring connections with young individuals within various Arizona tribal groups.
Q: Why is ACEE important to you?
I’ve seen to many people burdened by debt, student loan debt or living paycheck to paycheck. Financial education is a means to help Native youth gain control over their financial life and avoid unnecessary stress and financial insecurity.
ACEE provides an additional program, known as BYE, which plays a pivotal role in empowering Native youth and communities to bolster the economic strength of tribal nations through entrepreneurship. I’m excited to delve into this program.
Q: Why do you care about financial and economic education?
In rapidly changing world, financial and economic education is crucial for navigating the complexities of the modern financial landscape. It helps individuals adapt to economic shifts and to plan for the future.
Trena Bizardi, Proud Member of the Navajo Nation
Sr. Program Coordinator- Center for American Indian Economic Development